02 August 2010

1 Nephi 10: Lehi proves Jesus wrong by becoming the greatest prophet ever

Jesus said that John the Baptist was the greatest prophet who had ever lived.

For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. Luke 7:28

But that was just because he hadn't yet read the Book of Mormon, so he didn't know about Lehi.

Because when it comes to prophecy, Lehi makes Moses, Muhammad, Jesus, and John the Baptist look like the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Here are just some of the things that Lehi prophesied in 600 BCE.

  1. The Babylonian captivity.
    He spake unto them concerning the Jews -- That after they should be destroyed, even that great city Jerusalem, and many be carried away captive into Babylon. 1 Nephi 10:2-3
  2. That a Messiah ("or, in other words, the Savior of the world") would come 600 years later.
    Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews -- even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world. 1 Nephi 10:4
  3. That a prophet would come before the Messiah to "prepare the way of the Lord."
    And he spake also concerning a prophet who should come before the Messiah, to prepare the way of the Lord. -- 1 Nephi 10:7
  4. Lehi even know the words that the King James Version translators would put in John the Baptist's mouth 2200 years later.
    Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And much spake my father concerning this thing. 1 Nephi 10:8
  5. He knew where John the Baptist would be baptizing. (Bethabara, beyond the Jordan)
    And my father said he should baptize in Bethabara, beyond Jordan; and he also said he should baptize with water; even that he should baptize the Messiah with water. And after he had baptized the Messiah with water, he should behold and bear record that he had baptized the Lamb of God, who should take away the sins of the world. 1 Nephi 10:9-10
  6. And that the Messiah (Lehi couldn't quite make out Jesus' name) would be killed by the Jews (who were dwindling in unbelief) and then rise from the dead.
    And it came to pass after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my brethren concerning the gospel which should be preached among the Jews, and also concerning the dwindling of the Jews in unbelief. And after they had slain the Messiah, who should come, and after he had been slain he should rise from the dead, and should make himself manifest, by the Holy Ghost, unto the Gentiles. 1 Nephi 10:11

So Jesus was wrong about John the Baptist. Lehi was the greatest prophet in the world.

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Rosa Rubicondior said...

I must be useful, when you're making up stories about prophets to do it a couple of thousand years after the events your going to have them prophesying.

Gordon Napier said...

Yes, that is spectacularly unimpressive, I have to agree.

barriejohn said...

If I didn't know better I'd say that he had read the Bible and then put those words into the mouth of a man who supposedly lived 600 years before, but then no one would be as stupid as to do that, would they?

barriejohn said...

PS And Old Testament writers wouldn't have taken events that had already happened and claimed that people like Daniel had "prophesied" them many years before, either, would they?

Xaratherus said...

Given the wealth of the LDS Church, I think they spelled "profit" wrong. The Book of Mormon has nothing to do with prophesying, and everything to do with fleecing the masses; how appropriate that they refer to them as a "flock".

jasonofcompsci said...

I don't think Lehi has ever been called the greatest prophet ever. A lawyer would say the subject matter for this debate is non-existent. So this entire article is contrived.

Steve Wells said...

I don't think Lehi has ever been called the greatest prophet ever.

I did. Who was greater up to the time of Lehi's prophecy?

A lawyer would say the subject matter for this debate is non-existent.

Who cares what a lawyer would say? What do you say?

So this entire article is contrived.

The entire Book of Mormon is contrived. But it's great to have a Mormon stop by an comment!

frank morris said...

Please don't be up set, nothing should be added to Torah, proverbs 30:6 says to not add anything to his word. Please study the scripture and you will not need anything else, for the one G-d he needs nothing else just call on him don't call on no one else.

Idea Man said...

Since the bible isn't complete, no one really knows what John the Baptist preached in the wilderness. There have been many prophets that have seen visions and dreamed dreams. Moses, Daniel, Joseph of egypt amoung them.